Abe: Tokyo Is Ready to Apply Legislative Measures to Combat a New Type of Pneumonia
"Entering a new type of pneumonia in the official registry will make it possible to immediately hospitalize and use public funds for treatment and other measures necessary to prevent the spread of infection", he stressed. The corresponding decision, according to the prime minister, will be executed by the government on Tuesday.
The general secretary of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Toshihiro Nikai, confirmed to reporters on Monday that on January 28 a charter airliner would be sent by the Japanese government to the Chinese city of Wuhan, which became the epicenter of a new type of pneumonia outbreak, to transport the country's citizens there.
In total, in the province of Hubei, where this metropolis with a population of more than 11 million people, is located, about 560 Japanese are employed, in particular, in industrial and commercial enterprises jointly with Chinese partners. The charter, Kyodo news agency reports, will fly to Wuhan several times; at the request of the Chinese authorities, it can also deliver various necessary materials there.